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Taylor Swift: economic genius

One of the many quirks of economics is the way in which data and theory collide. Not too long ago, few – if any – controversies were ever settled by r(...)

Centrist Democrat Beto O’Rourke, adherent of the “Oprah Winfrey school of positive thinking”. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

When Barack Obama launched his White House bid 12 years ago, he already had a library of well-crafted policies. Some were bold. Others were small-bore(...)

Beto O’Rourke during his second day of campaigning for the 2020 nomination in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Beto O’Rourke raised more than $6 million (€5.4 million) online in the first 24 hours after announcing his presidential campaign last week, according (...)

Former Texas Congressman and Democratic party presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke: The 46 year old offers the politics of feelings. Photograph: Stephen Maturen/AFP

The heavens part. The light shines down. The rise in the oceans begins to slow. The world is once more bathed in the mystical glow of a messiah. Our r(...)

The final section of the M8 Dublin to Cork motorway. Photograph: Jason Clarke

Sitting in a control room in East Wall in Dublin, Kevin O’Rourke and his team watch on a bank of screens as a car leaving Dublin Port slows to a stop (...)

Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

 Donald Trump shakes hands with Leo Varadkar: a visit to Ireland by Mr Trump would be a political, security and logistical nightmare for the Government. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP

The Government has not been notified of a visit to Ireland later this year by US president Donald Trump, a Government spokesman said, but officials as(...)

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (16). Photograph: Epa/Focke Strangmann

Lord Mayor of Dublin Nial Ring has rejected a proposal to confer the Freedom of the City of Dublin on Swedish teenage environmentalist Greta Thunberg.(...)

Larry Summers, the former US treasury secretary under Bill Clinton and White House adviser to Barack Obama, was in Trinity College to receive an award from the university’s philosophical society. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Crashing out of the European Union without a deal would constitute “an epic level of idiocy” on the part of the United Kingdom, former US treasury sec(...)

Chelsea Manning addresses the media outside federal court in Alexandria, Virginia on Tuesday.  Photograph: Matthew Barakat/AP

Former US army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was jailed on Friday after a federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, held her in contempt for refu(...)

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